01 Alison Road (Fades in)
02 Lost Horizons
03 Dream With Me
04 (Philly's dog story - conversation with crowd)
05 Cajun Song
06 Angeles Tonight
07 (conversation with crowd)
09 If I Only Had A Brain
10 Sugar (poor your fucking sweetness over me)
11 Idiot Summer
12 Pieces of the Night
13 Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road
14 Movin' On Up
15 Surf Jam
01 Found Out About You
02 Slave Dealer's Daughter
04 Just South Of Nowhere
05 (happy birthday Sharon - conversation with crowd)
06 My Hands Are Tied
07 (conversation with crowd)
08 Hey Jealousy
09 Kelli Richards
10 Teenager In Love (why must I be a fucking teenager in love?)
11 (conversation with crowd)
12 Anything That Is RocknRoll is Fine
13 I'm Already Gone
14 (conversation with crowd)
15 Hard Day's Night
16 (conversation with crowd)
17 Cowboy Song
18 Dead Flowers (cuts off at the end)
The Gin Blossoms
Chuy's Night Club, Tempe, AZ
Summer of 1990
A rare tape of the Blossoms prior to recording their first album. At this
time, the Blossoms were "the band" to see in Tempe. Their regular haunt was
Long Wongs on Mill where they were considered the "house band" playing three
times a week for weeks on end. As their popularity grew, they began playing a
number of other venues. If the Blossoms had a second home, it was probably Chuy's
(although some would claim the long closed "Sun Club" was also their home away from
home). At any rate, this show, captured at Chuy's in the summer of 1990 is a great
piece of history for long time Gin Blossoms fans.
For newer Gin fans, there are a number of references to members in the band as
"Del Montes." Early in the band's history, the band took on the AKA of "The Del Montes."
Perhaps the original concept of the Del Montes was that they would play more
covers. Del Monte shows and Gin Shows, however, soon were indistinguishable
from each other and members of the bank were often referred to as their
AKA Del Monte names in Gin shows.
The Blossoms were notorious for putting on "loose" shows with copious amounts
of banter with the audience. This show is highly indicative of that trait.
While the sound quality of this tape is not the best, the show does have
significant historical value as it has Doug Hopkins playing lead guitar.
Doug was not only a great song writer, but also had that special stage presence that
every rock player wants. Doug Hopkins playing live on stage is best way to remember him.
Here is the lineup that night:
Doug Hopkins - Lead Guitar
Jessie Valenzuela - Guitar, Vocals
Bill Lean - Bass Guitar
Robin Wilson - Lead Vocals
Phillip Rhoads - Drums
February 8, 2006 Subject:
for me, doug hopkins WAS the gin blossoms, and the band pretty much died with him-so getting hold of this means a helluva lot. thanks for putting it up here for the fans...i know there must be other stuff around that some people like to keep for themselves, or trade in ways that make it hard for other people to get into their exclusive little club, so it's great that this site exists so real fans can share the music they love! thanks to all concerned, especially to the guy whp uploaded this! i thinkit's pretty good for a local unknown band gig-maybe a bit quiet, but i don't wanna sound ungrateful or anything.
Reviewer:biff del monte
July 19, 2005 Subject:
The Best Way to Remember Doug Hopkins
This show, recorded on August 4, 1990 at the long-closed Chuy's, is the best way to remember the late Doug Hopkins, the Gin Blossoms' talented but troubled lead guitarist. From his four cameo vocal appearances (two of which could be played on the radio) to his botched guitar solo on the Thin Lizzy cover Cowboy Song ("Sorry about that solo"), Doug had an undeniable stage presence.
The sound quality of the first couple of songs is shaky, but it improves after that. Overall it is far superior to the audience recording of this same show (although the latter has full versions of Allison Road and Dead Flowers as well as the show's closer, "I'm Still Wondering Where Those Bastards Are").
For true Gin Blossoms fans, it's fortunate that this show was recorded; it represents a bygone era. No matter what happened in the ensuing years, everyone sounds like they are having fun on this night.
May 7, 2005 Subject:
The show captures about the same sound as the Blossoms had in "Dusted" (which was recorded at such a pace that it hardly diverges from their live sound), as well as some hilarious covers.
The sound quality on the first disc is somewhat muffled, but the second disc is great if you can ignore the slow, slight pulsing.
Even with the slight technical problems, the Blossoms put on a great show, and it contains material that'd be hard to find anywhere else.
January 7, 2005 Subject:
Was I there?
was this the outside show? seems like it was. Doug was the toughness that balanced the sweetness. He played the guitar the same way a streetfighter would punch you in the eye.
May 29, 2004 Subject:
WOW! An EARLY Gin Blossoms show that shows what a great band they were even BEFORE they had a record out! Disc 2 is the better part since it's got absolutely GREAT SOUND!! THANK YOU for uploading this!
May 18, 2004 Subject:
First of all,
let me thank Lights_1 for posting this show! It brings back a lot of memories of back in the day! The First disc starts out muffled, but later gets better and should be regarded a 2.5 out of 5 stars for an audience recording. Disc II is where it is at though. It's a soundboard recording, and is a quite a jem. It's a record of Tempe Mill Avenue Music History!!